Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What's Cookin

Since we were snowed in on Monday and Tuesday, I had a great time making juices and other concoctions. Please note this is not one meal.  That would be the weirdest meal ever.

Asian Mushroom Soup
My variation on it was that I used what veggies I had (carrots, red pepper, shallots, 2 types mushrooms).  Plus I used olive and sesame oil, no oyster sauce, and added orzo for a more complete meal.  Fantastic!

Banana Nut Bread
This was so delicious!  I used applesauce instead of oil and a combo of almond flour and whole wheat (gluten free flour).  Then I added cinnamon and nutmeg plus extra walnuts.  Seriously, it was so excellent, and so healthy for BREAD!  Try it!

Bean Burritos that turned into Enchiladas
My own concoction after being snowed in for two days :)
Kidney Beans (canned, organic, no salt)
Diced shallot, garlic, jalapeno, red pepper
Saute veggies in olive oil and add salt, pepper, chili flakes (and whatever spices you like)
Add beans and about 1/2 cup chicken stock
Simmer for 10-15 minutes  
Puree in food processor.  These are a healthier, tastier version of re-fried beans.  Trust me.

I also sauteed some veggies for the side, red onion, bell pepper and mushroom.
Start with olive oil or canola oil, then season with salt and pepper, cumin and then fresh herbs like oregano or cilantro.  Yes!

I rolled up the beans and and sharp cheddar in corn tortillas and placed them in a glass pan over some enchilada sauce*.  I also made a few veggie burr-chiladas (I guess this turned into enchiladas somewhere along the line).  Top with more of the sauce and some sharp cheddar shreds.  Cover and bake at 350 for maybe 20 minutes.  (I just guessed on the temp here;  you could probably do a lower temp for longer, but we were hungry).  After all, everything is cooked;  you just want it to come together.

*I used this particular recipe from Emeril.  It was fantastic.  I used olive oil and fresh oregano.  BAM!  (Can I say that?)

Tip - warm up the tortillas individually on the stove for best pliability.  Then maybe you won't have to use two per burr-chilada.  Corn tortillas tend to crack and generally be a huge pain in the ass. You could of course use flour or wheat tortillas, but I adore corn and they are better for you.

Verdict?  Outstanding.  Hubs approved.  He added some chopped chicken, hot sauce and sour cream to the top of his.  Will try again but maybe make it more of a casserole type and lay out the tortillas flat in two layers.  Burr-chilada-lasagna?


Anonymous said...

The Enchiladas were even better the next day for Lunch.

Wrestling Kitties said...

Ok, if there is ANY house other than mine I would want to be stuck in during a snow storm, it would be yours!! Good food & LOTR or other fun movies....Yep, perfect!

And those all sound awesome!! The best I did were stuffed peppers and Chicken noodle soup. But Henry and Terry approved :-)